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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Audiobook
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Written by: 
Stieg Larsson
Narrated by: 
Saul Reichlin
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Audiobook

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Publisher's Summary

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.

When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

©2008 Reg Keeland; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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    Simon Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-21-10
    Simon Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-21-10 Member Since 2016
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    "not bad"

    I enjoyed it but I am not sure what all the fanfare is about. maybe the next one will be better.

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    12-08-10
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    "The Trilogy: Audio books at their best."

    Fantastic. Loved all three in the series. At roughly 20 hours each, it seemed daunting. Not at all. The time flew by and I felt lost when the last one ended. The narrator was superb and played a large part in my enjoyment. The production quality was excellent, with very few instances when a new take was obvious. Money very well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Henrik Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 11-10-10
    Henrik Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 11-10-10 Member Since 2010
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    "It's the details that make the difference...."

    While it was a very good story and nicely narrated it was unfortunate that the split of the 3 parts where not given much consideration. I found it disturbing that the split was in a middle of a chapter and at the end of the last part there was a voice telling me "please turn the tape over". If these small but important details would be taken care of I would have given it a 5.

    Regards
    Henrik

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Larsen Layton, Utah 10-23-10
    S. Larsen Layton, Utah 10-23-10 Member Since 2015

    I'm a happy homeschool mama of 4 little kids ages 8 to 2 yrs.

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    "Too Violent and Graphic"

    I couldn't even finish it. I hear it has a great plot and gets quicker towards the end (it's slow in the beginning) but I couldn't get that far with all the sexually explict assaults etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Canada 10-10-10
    Elaine Canada 10-10-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Great reader, good writer...but"

    Better to read than to listen...maybe. Many characters, many lengthy descriptions that may not be key to the plot, the characters or the story line may be distracting to the audio version. i am currently reading the second book in print form to compare the experience. There is no doubt that the main character is compelling, the reader brilliant, the plot interesting, but it is not the 5/5 that I expected it to be. Cut it in half!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Mildura, Australia 08-14-10
    Dianne Mildura, Australia 08-14-10 Member Since 2011

    So many great books, and so little time to meet them all..this is why I adore audio books, I take them with me everywhere: studio, garden etc.

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    "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

    Based on the reviews that I read I was looking forward to this book and whilst it was enjoyable enough I felt at the end that the whole thing was just slightly off key, and I won't be listening to it again. I did not feel that any of the characters really achieved their potential under the writer's hand although they came closest in the Lisbet character. The 'baddies' were just too bad, too black and white and I felt too, that the violence, grotesque as it was, was perhaps just a tad calculated to shock the reader.
    Perhaps Larsson's style lost something in the translation, but I found that the language was pretty wooden as if he was just churning through and trying to get the story told without much consideration for style. The narrator was just fine and I would be happy to listen to him again, but not in a Larsson novel...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Burpengary, Australia 05-06-10
    Rachel Burpengary, Australia 05-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Initially a bit hard going"

    Initially this book was a bit difficult to settle with. The characters seemed a bit over the top along with the sadistic elements. The narrator's voice was also a little off putting, somewhat clipped and providing a swedish uncle with a bluff englishman's vocal tones but by the end I was cheering the the main character and keen to hear the next installment. Worth persevering!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    04-29-10
    04-29-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "My First Audiobook! I'm Hooked!!!"

    Quality was excellent. Very easy to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-19-09
    Nathan Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-19-09 Member Since 2010
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    "A great story: a bit too sexually obsessed for me"

    I can see why this book has been popular. The characters and the plot are interesting. The Scandinavian flavor is nice too, if you're from North America and not used to it. The narration is "okay," but not great. I grew tired of the main character's endless and improbably sexual exploits, however, and they started to detract from the quality of the novel. It's not that the sex is graphic, because it is not. It's just so endless...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Christchurch, New Zealand 07-20-09
    Christian Christchurch, New Zealand 07-20-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Did this ever go to an editor ??"

    This is an enjoyable read, and the narrator is fantastic.
    The book is charmingly Scandinavian - lots of snow, endless coffee, and liberal socialist attitudes - but boy could it do with some decent editorial input! The pointless back stories about completely irrelevant characters, the family trees tediously detailed... there would have been a lot of skimming in hard copy.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Phil
    UK
    10/3/14
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    "A different form of entertainment."
    If you could sum up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in three words, what would they be?

    enthralling, quirky and thrilling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lisbeth Salander, who is such a different main character. Funny, dangerous and relentless all rolled into one.


    What does Saul Reichlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The main difference I found is the voices/accents used for the different characters. I don't tend to do this when reading to myself.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A stunning thriller! Intelligent, complex and with a gripping plot line.


    Any additional comments?

    Having read the book and seen both movie versions, I didn't really know what to expect. It took a while to get used to someone reading a book to me, but was then hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kate
    Stirling, Australia
    9/23/14
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    "Despite the hype, a really good book!"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Mostly good performance. Sometimes voices got a little confused, and loathed the Australian accents.


    Any additional comments?

    Way better and more insightful than the movie. (Hardly a surprise!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garry
    9/12/14
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    "Terrific!"
    What did you like most about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    A long book that kept me interested from start to finish


    What other book might you compare The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to, and why?

    Unique


    Which character – as performed by Saul Reichlin – was your favourite?

    I liked all of them but Salender is my favourite


    Any additional comments?

    Probably my favourite audiobook

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mary
    Dingwall, United Kingdom
    8/27/14
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    "brain twisting"
    What made the experience of listening to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo the most enjoyable?

    Since my father read the Jungle book to ages 5 I have loved listening to a good story.I am listening for a second time just as good if not better


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    8/26/14
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Would you listen to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo again? Why?

    Yes I would listen again and I will - the narrator loves this story and passes on his enthusiasm with the way he acts each of the parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maggs
    Port Talbot
    7/29/14
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    "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-not bad but not brill"
    Would you try another book written by Stieg Larsson or narrated by Saul Reichlin?

    Not sure it's was confusing that author kept referring to characters by their surname would have been easier to identify character by their christian name, also was disappointed by ending


    What will your next listen be?

    Killing Hope


    What three words best describe Saul Reichlin’s performance?

    Ok most characters could be identified but others weren't


    Do you think The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Identify characters by Christian name would makes listening to book easier to follow

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr Ann-Maree Nobelius
    7/7/14
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    "Sublime Scandinavian Noir Thriller"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to be better than the print version?

    I'm a multi-tasker and have to drive long distances. Driving and 'reading' at the same time; fantastic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    The single mindedness of the damaged female protagonist was so well written, at no point did it fall into cliche. I've never read a more honest female character written by a man.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was the only thing that let it down a little. I chose this version because it was unabridged, but the narrator while clear, was a little staccato. As an Australian, his impersonation of an 'Australian accent' for Harriet bordered on offensive; a caricatured Aussie accent you'd struggle to find in Australia past the 1950's and in comedians 'taking the piss' out of working class people.

    It is akin to an American voicing a Prince Charles Character with Sir Alan Sugar's accent...because that's a 'British accent' right?!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The sexual violence overtones of the book were important and compelling; the theme of the Salander character being perceived as weak by her perpetrator because of her physical size and her unwanted dependence on guardianship because she doesn't fit the the social 'norm' is something many people can relate to. The admission of the extent of the abuse of women in such a relatively equitable society as Sweden was brave, particularly again, by a male author.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it! Can't wait to 'read-while-driving' the rest of the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T. Griffith
    London, UK
    4/8/14
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    "This was a bit gory"
    If you could sum up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in three words, what would they be?

    Haunting, depraved, sad.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little less minute detail as to clothing of the girl - I don't know why - I found that a bit spooky.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed the mood of the girl but no particular scene. I found myself wishing desperately that she'd cut back on her cigarettes (and enjoy a little fresh air and exercise)...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was a bit gutted when she did something at the end but I'd better not say what as it would be a "spoiler".


    Any additional comments?

    I only bought this because it was on the three for the price of two offers. I prefer "fact" to total fiction.

    I loved the story but it began to feel a bit sexist at times. Maybe I'm a prude but the author seemed to go in for quite a bit of detail about clothing and then the sex acts and violence got a bit much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Hutt
    UK
    3/6/14
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    "Awesome !!!!"
    Would you listen to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo again? Why?

    Just utterly compelling


    What other book might you compare The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to, and why?

    I've tried to look and compare Stieg Larsson buy you just can't. He was in a league of his own


    Have you listened to any of Saul Reichlin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    The rest of "the girl who....." Trilogy


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Daniel Craig version of this film is not bad and keeps fairly true to the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Riaana
    MAGHERAFELT, United Kingdom
    2/11/14
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    "Really bad"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better description of book.Better narrator.


    Has The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo put you off other books in this genre?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    I would have a much better story line.Or at least something happening.


    Any additional comments?

    Big waist of credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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